Transfer to the airport for the 2-hour flight to Foz do Iguaçú in the southeast of the country, on the border with Argentina and Paraguay. You’ll be driven to the Hotel das Cataratas, the only property in the sub-tropical national park in which the Iguazú Falls are situated. A mock-colonial building which was once a museum, it’s a very elegant hotel, beautifully restored, sitting a short stroll from the falls themselves.
Here there’s a broad panoramic view of these colossal falls, and there are some excellent opportunities to photograph the full sweep of the water. Being based at Das Cataratas offers wonderful opportunities to explore the walkways solitude once the national park has closed. You might even have them to yourselves.
The Iguazú Falls are unquestionably one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena in the world. A total of 275 falls thunder over a 60m high rust-coloured cliff surrounded by dense tropical forest. The U-shaped Devil’s Throat is the most dramatic sight, here the frothing water of the Iguazú river crashes over a 1.5 km-wide precipice and columns of vapour are thrown skyward. Elsewhere the river flows decorously through the rainforest breaking up into dozens of smaller cascades. You can usually spot toucans and many other exotic birds perched in the foliage above the tumultuous waters.